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Sheriff: Husband pulled trigger on wife but pistol didn’t fire

SANTA FE, N.M. — The sheriff’s office has obtained an arrest warrant for Arturo “Eydi” Mendoza-Carmona and is actively seeking him after he is accused of breaking into his estranged wife’s home in the Pojoaque area early this and assaulting her by pointing a handgun at her several times and pulling trigger. The gun didn’t fire.

Mendoza-Carmona is believed to be armed and dangerous and is charged with aggravated assault on a household member with a deadly weapon, aggravated burglary, false imprisonment, child abuse, battery, violation of a protection order and other charges, the sheriff’s office said. His bond has been set at $250,000.

Anyone who knows Mendoza-Carmona’s whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (505) 231-0118.

When Mendoza-Carmona broke in “the victim got scared and attempted to flee the residence through the rear window” but he pulled her back in and threatened to kill her, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.


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An estranged husband forced his way into his wife’s home in Espanola early this morning, pointed a handgun at her several times and pulled the trigger but the pistol didn’t fire.

Deputies are looking for the 24-year-old husband, who will not be identified until a warrant is obtained for his arrest. That could happen by this afternoon, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office said.

The suspect’s wife, 22, had gotten a restraining order against her husband requiring him to stay away from her, the sheriff’s office said.

According to a report: the husband broke into the home on U.S. Highway 84/285 by shattering a living room window just after midnight. He pointed a 9MM handgun at his wife and pulled the trigger by the pistol did not fire. He then grabbed his wife, who had picked up her 5-year-old son from bed, and forced her outside. He pointed the gun at her two more times and pulled the trigger but the pistol didn’t fire.

The boy was uninjured and the wife got a cut on her finger. The suspect fled.